San Diego Zoo Application & Careers

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The San Diego Zoo is a popular zoo in San Diego, California. The zoo houses more than 3,700 animals on 100 acres of land. It is a member of San Diego Zoo Global, a not for profit organization committed to saving species worldwide through conservation science and animal care.

The zoo began as little more than a track of fenced land in 1921. Today, the zoo encompasses 100 acres of land north of downtown San Diego, California and Balboa Park. It is home to more than 650 species and subspecies of rare and endangered animals. It also features a large botanical collection with more than 700,000 exotic plants.

The zoo is a popular and busy tourist destination. It offers a guided tour bus and an overhead gondola lift. Its exhibits are designed around inhabitant’s wild habitat features and native vegetation. It has a wide range of exhibits including multiple Aviaries, an African rain forest, a Panda Trek and Arctic tundra.

The zoo is highly active in species preservation and conservation. It operates the Institute for Conservation Research, which raises endangered species and has reintroduced more than 30 endangered species back into the wild. It also conducts habitat conservation in the field.

San Diego Zoo Careers

San Diego Zoo Healthcare hires full and part time employees for numerous fun and exciting jobs at its zoo and research center. It is constantly seeking employees for jobs in guest services, animals and plants, science and research, operations and facilities and business and organizational support.

How old do you have to be to work at San Diego Zoo? The zoo hires applicants who are at least 16 years of age. In the state of California, you must have a work permit if you are under the age of 18.

San Diego Zoo pay varies by position. For instance, Veterinarians make large salaries while support staff, such as custodians, and ticket booth employees make minimum wage. Minimum wage in California is 9.00 per hour.

Work hours vary by location and shopping center. Most positions have typical schedules but some facilities require round the clock staffing so many positions are swing or graveyard positions.

The company offers benefits to its full time and part time employees. Full time employees receive medical insurance, paid vacation, paid sick time, and life insurance. All employees are eligible for tuition reimbursement and a 403b retirement plan and receive free tickets to the zoo and discounts on zoo merchandise.

Job Descriptions & Salaries 

Guest Services Representative

Guest Services Representatives are primarily responsible for performing face to face fundraising with zoo members and guests. They work in teams of two or three in busy area of the zoo engaging guests and inspiring donations. Guest Services Representatives also process cash and credit card transactions and handle guest problems and complaints. 

Construction and Maintenance Worker

Construction and Maintenance Workers do a variety of tasks everyday helping to maintain and construct park exhibits and facilities. Duties include a variety of construction tasks including plumbing, carpentry and electrical work. Construction and Maintenance Workers must have a driver’s license and an acceptable drivers record. 


Keepers are responsible to the day to day care and feeding of zoo animals. Duties include preparing food and water for animals, loading and unloading food from trucks, feeding various exhibit animals, cleaning animal exhibit areas and animal service areas. Keepers also assist the medical staff in treating animals and perform minor or routine exhibit maintenance. 

Food Service Clerk

Food Service Clerks are responsible for food preparation, sales, and service. Duties include assisting with preparation of food items, assisting with the set-up and closure of the assigned location, and operating cash registers and food service equipment.

San Diego Zoo Interview Questions

Use these questions to prepare for your interview.

Why should we hire you? This is one of the most commonly asked interview questions around. Don’t just blurt out “I like animals.” Instead, do a little research about the job so you can answer in a way that matches their needs. For instance, it would be better to say “I am passionate about animals and inspiring others to help save endangered species.”

Tell me about yourself. This is your chance to talk about you skills, education and experience. Focus on things that are pertinent to the job. For instance, talk about when you’ve provided excellent animal care and your education and training if you are applying for a keeper position. If there is time, mention some of your favorite hobbies and extracurricular activities.

What are your goals? Talk about both your short term and long term goals that are related to the position. For instance, If you are applying for a seasonal position, a good goal would be “I am looking for a fun summer job that I can return to each summer.”

What attracted you to this job? This is where it pays to do a little homework. Talk about why you are interested in the job and try to incorporate something about the company into your answer. For instance, it’s better to say something like “I am looking for a rewarding job with a company that values quality care.” instead of  saying “I like the benefits package.”

How do you handle working in a fast paced environment? Be honest and explain what your challenges and solutions are in a positive way. For example, if you struggle to stay organized say that you have developed a process that helps keep you organized.

Advice for the Application Process

The San Diego Zoo application process is a multi step process. You can find San Diego Zoo Healthcare Jobs online and apply for them online.

The zoo has a highly conservative grooming policy so be sure to look your best whether you are inquiring about jobs or going to an the interview. Hair color must be of a natural tone, your clothing should cover any tattoos, your fingernails should be clean and well trimmed, and jewelry should be kept to a minimum of to earrings per ear with no other visible piercings.

To prepare for the interview, jot down a few notes about your experience and your strengths and successes ahead of time that you can refer to during the interview. Also be sure to bring any questions you have about the job to the interview so you remember to ask them.

If your interview goes well, the hiring manger might let you know if you are hired on the spot. Be prepared to accept the position if it is offered to you. If they don’t hire you, thank them for considering you ask them if there are any other jobs they would consider you for.

How to apply for San Diego Zoo Healthcare job online? Follow the links below, to find a San Diego Zoo Healthcare job application online, obtain a printable application for San Diego Zoo Healthcare, and to apply for jobs at San Diego Zoo Healthcare.
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